Independent Advice on the Links between Sustainable Farming Practices, Farm Profitability and River Health

This project compiled an overview of river health problems in New South Wales inland and coastal rivers, together with a review of agricultural practices with the potential to improve river health in agricultural catchments. A total of 34 case study farms were visited on which these practices were in use to gather information of their owners' views as to the profitability and other benefits and/or disadvantages of the practices. The study concluded that there was a wide range of practices that were both profitable and had the potential to bring about improvements in river health, and reviewed the policy issues relevant to encouraging wider adoption of these practices.  Supported by the Healthy Rivers Commission.

Completed in 2002

Funded by: NSW Healthy Rivers Commission

Contact: Ian Reeve